US Considers Sending Ground Troops Into Libya

Army General Carter Ham has indicated that the United States is considering sending ground troops into Libya to help the rebels. They can use all the help they can get – more were killed by another NATO air strike. But does that mean we should be sending ground troops in? Will Obama go to Congress, or just continue to pretend we aren’t really at war?

CBS News reported:

The United States may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels, according to the general who led the military mission until NATO took over.

Army Gen. Carter Ham also told lawmakers Thursday that added American participation would not be ideal, and ground troops could erode the international coalition and make it more difficult to get Arab support for operations in Libya.

Ham said the operation was largely stalemated now and was more likely to remain that way since America has transferred control to NATO….

Gaddafi’s forces are making things tough for NATO because they keep setting up shop near schools and mosques. What a shock.

It appears this may already be a quagmire. It’s now starting to look like this war kinetic military action could go on forever.

“Libya appears to be sliding into a prolonged conflict with no light at the end of the tunnel,” Fawaz Gerges, a Middle East expert at the London School of Economics (LSE), wrote in a commentary posted on CNN’s website. The tenacious resistance of the Gadhafi regime is not surprising, he added, “given the tribal structure of Libyan society and Gadhafi’s manipulation and co-opting of tribal divisions and allies.”

NATO can always point to the fact that it is simply implementing the aims agreed upon by the United Nations — a no-fly zone and the protection of civilians. But in reality, it is hardly a secret that the true goals of the operation are more than that. Every day that Gadhafi remains in power, pressure is growing on Western politicians and military leaders. The question of how long the intervention will last is increasingly being asked out loud. The British Royal Air Force chief estimated this week that it would take six months. Politicians, on the other hand, have had the foresight not to mention any deadlines…

And we still don’t know how much this is costing us, or what the plan is.

The Other McCain has more on the bombing that killed rebel fighters. (I still don’t know exactly who they are, by the way.)